According to a recent report from United Ways of California, 28,740 households in Solano live below the County’s ‘Real Cost Measure’ – the amount of income needed to meet the most basic of needs and essential expenses: housing, food, transportation, health care, taxes and child care. The report highlighted that finding affordable homes continues to be a major contributor to financial insecurity in Solano County, with 32% of households spending more than 30% of their income on housing. Families searching for lower cost alternatives are stunted by the County’s affordable housing deficit of over 10,000 homes. This deficit is increasing annually, while nearly 300 affordable homes sit empty at the Georgetown property in Fairfield, as the City and Travis Air Force Base continue to block the project and its ability to house 1,000 Solano residents.
“Are we supposed to ask parents to work more than two full-time jobs to put food on the table?” asks Rachel Ford, Chair of the Solano Interfaith Collaborative on Poverty, “Solano County and the City of Fairfield have a responsibility to ensure adequate housing exists for residents at all income levels – not just building luxury complexes. We force parents to choose between time with their children or working two jobs to keep up with rent – and that’s a major problem we have to address in Fairfield.”
Georgetown’s nearly 300 units of 100% affordable housing sit vacant as City and County leaders continue to refuse to support the project approval. Georgetown’s two-, three- and four-bedroom townhomes could provide much-needed housing for low- and very-low income Solano families less than a year after approval. In addition, 48 units would be set aside for supportive housing for at-risk veterans.
The affordable homes at Georgetown are supported by a growing coalition of housing groups and community organizations, including Disabled American Veterans, Department of CA, California YIMBY, Napa-Solano Building & Construction Trades Council, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and others.
More information about the Georgetown Project is available at HousingForHundreds.com.